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Cold Quiet Country

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Fifty years of sin compressed into a single day of justice...

On his last day in power, with a blizzard threatening 18 inches of snow, Sheriff Bittersmith’s is called to the scene of a crime. A farmer has been stabbed clean through the neck with a pitchfork. Two sets of tracks lead from the barn, and the dead man’s frantic wife exclaims her daughter is missing. Convinced it
Paperback, 325 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by MP Publishing
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Winter's Bone by Daniel WoodrellThe Winter Child by Terri WindlingTruly, Madly, Deeply by Faraaz KaziPrickle Moon by Juliet MarillierCold Quiet Country by Clayton  Lindemuth
Winter Reads 2012/13
5th out of 75 books — 4 voters
Prayer of Quiet by Donna FasanoThe Silence of the Lambs by Thomas HarrisThe Quiet American by Graham GreeneAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueS is for Silence by Sue Grafton
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This novel was GRUESOME but the ending totally made it worth my time. Not for the feint of heart. There were several times that I almost put it down because the violence (implied and actual) was too much. But I'm glad I stuck with it. Recommended to those who loved The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock.
I couldn't put this book down - read it in a day. It is quite gruesome and disturbing, with some characters that are truly dispicable creatures - I nearly stopped reading after just a few pages, but was quickly drawn in...
Rhonda Serafini
Although fiction is not my typical preferred genre, I decided to give Cold Quiet Country a shot. I'm quite glad I did. I can envision all of these scenes quite vividly through the clever descriptiveness of the scenes that the author brought forth. However, it doesn't come off as trying to be annoyingly intellectual thanks to its moments of humor and the peppering of vulgarity throughout. This is not just for some cheap shock value, the profanity serves the purpose of impacting the story line, to ...more
Jim Mcfarlane
Clayton Lindemuth's novel Cold Quiet Country is not for the faint of heart. It's a novel of vengeance and violence in a small Wyoming town on a winter day in 1971, full of flawed people. The revelation of the characters and their back stories and the plot's twists and turns will keep you reading, even if you don't like the characters, perhaps because the reader senses the author "wrote it to make evil men fear their victims." I prefer the author to make clear the point of view and position in th ...more
I almost put down the book after the first few pages, which I read twice to make sure I had not misunderstood them. These so surprised and shocked me I wondered if I had simply just picked up an extremely trashy book. I am still not sure what to think of a book in which characters are so...well caricature like. Sexually perverted, violent men, subdued, victimized women of all ages... it is hard to understand if there is something profound and psychologically insightful in these characters, so ex ...more
Elizabeth Licata
[mild spoilers]
Cold Quiet Country is the first book I am reviewing for authors who follow me on social media. I decided to review at least one book by every published author who follows me on twitter, wordpress, goodreads and facebook. If you are an author, let me know where I can find your books to review them
Anyway, Cold Quiet Country. This was a hard book to read. Not hard in the sense that it was poorly written, but rather in the difficulty of the subject matter. Lindemuth examines the impa
Jared Rasic
One of the finest thrillers I've ever read. I was on the edge of my seat for the final 150 pages and could not put it down. Read this if you like a damn good crime yarn OR damn good character pieces.
Rare Bird Lit
A great dark southern classic.
Jessica Hood
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Phillip Thompson
So many novels, regardless of genre, cover stretches of time -- some vast, some mundane -- that it's sometimes hard to imagine that an entire novel can be written about a single day. But that's exactly what Clayton Lindemuth gives us in Cold Quiet Country, and he does it exceedingly well.

In a small Wyoming town in the dead of winter, on a day facing a gigantic blizzard, Sheriff Bittersmith prepares for his last day on the job. He hardly gets the chance. Early on, he's called to the scene of what
Mark Pearce
This is the Publishers weekly Review
Cold Quiet Country
Clayton Lindemuth. MP Publishing (www.mppublishingusa.
com), $14.95 trade paper
(328p) ISBN 978-1-84982-166-7
Lindemuth’s impressive debut, set in
the winter of 1971, is a go-for-the-jugular
country noir. Josephus Bittersmith, 72, is
the longtime patriarchal sheriff of a remote
town in Wyoming that bears his
grandfather’s name. Burt Haudesert is a
lecherous militiaman and rancher who
routinely raped his teenage daughter,
Gwen. But Burt’s been found de
Not a book to read if you don't like strong language and graphic descriptions of death and injury. But if you want a powerful story, vivid characterisations and fabulously rich turns of phrase, then this will keep you reading for hours.

The language was just brilliant. I've no idea whether the turns of phrase are from regular Wyoming folk or were invented by the author, but I loved them - "tall enough to hunt geese with a rake", "as useful as a steering wheel on a mule" were two that stuck in my
Kae Cheatham
I know this title is classified as "noir," but it was too dark for me. Well written; good sense of place; I couldn't fathom the physical (including sexual) violence, that, for me, became quite repulsive.
First time I've read this author and I would recommend him for his craftsmanship and ability to create the story from the perspective of several,characters
Fun, interesting read. Kept my attention. A bit contrived in places - but definitely worth the read.
**Received from Goodreads First Reads giveaway

When I first started reading the book, I wasn't sure that I liked it but I kept reading and I am glad that I did. The story is intersting with plenty of plot twist and turns. The characters back stories really captured my attention and I wanted to know more about them. The author did a great job of telling us about each character and their relationship to others bit by bit. I didn't like most of the characters, but we are not meant to like them. This
Thank you to GoodReads and the author for the free copy of this book. My husband and I read it and we liked how the book was written, but we have to confess that there was just a little too much violence for our taste. Regards.
Josee Langlois Philipp
Robert James
This book was recommended by a website that I frequently visit and they were definitely right. The story takes place over a 24 hour period but has many flashbacks that build the suspense. I would highly recommend giving this new author a try.
Gruesome deaths, unlikable characters and plenty of back stories made this a really good read. I did it in an afternoon! The story was engaging with some very interesting plot twists. This is one I would recommend.
Michelleandderek Nakagawa
Small town life, small town law. This book had suspense and a good ending. If you enjoy a good old-fashioned shootem' up read with justice being served at the end, this is a good one for you.
very dark, but enjoyable. I liked that the author told the story from the perspective of all the important players without much overlap in the actual story line itself.
Mandy Peoples
Solid violent thriller. The incest and rape stuff was a bit much. Hard to imagine there is a town where all men are that evil.
Joy (Thoughts of Joy)
You can read my thoughts here. (4.25/5)
Doug Gordin
Dark, dark, dark. Can we coin the genre: Hick gothic? But with a taste of magic.
Michelle Gallimore
This book was gruesome and violent, reminded me of a tarentino film. Not bad.
I really did not get into this book.
Donna Cabibbo
Worth the time. A little distrubing
Michael Bush
Michael Bush marked it as to-read
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Clayton Lindemuth writes noir because that's where he lives. His debut, Cold Quiet Country, earned a coveted Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

Clayton's follow-up novels Nothing Save the Bones Inside Her and My Brother's Destroyer deliver all the "thrilling, visceral, unsparing" (Publishers Weekly) prose that generated comparisons to noir masters such as Donald Ray Pollack, Tom Franklin, Ron
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